could be forgiven for never having wondered about the history of dental
implants, but ask a general dentist
about it, and you would wind up
learning a lot on a fascinating topic. Whether you are about to receive dental implants in Amherst, NY
, or will receive another type of dental
care, it never hurts to know a few facts that serve as icebreakers for parties
or potential answers if you go on Jeopardy. Here’s a look at dental implants,
then and now.
In 2500 BC, the Egyptians
stabilized their teeth with gold wire ligatures, as the evidence from their
mummies shows. Thousands of years later, the Phoenicians also used gold
wire to splint teeth. Meanwhile, the Etruscans pulled out damaged teeth and
inserted oxen bones in their place.
The Mayans were way ahead
of the curve, as a discovery in 1931 shows. On a dig in Honduras, the jawbone
of a woman probably in her 20s was discovered. Lo and behold, her mandible
revealed three seashells in the place of teeth. Bone growth around the
seashells proved that they were implanted while she was alive. In other words,
the Mayans accomplished successful fusion! The Mayans weren't alone in
experimenting with dental implants either. Skeletons in places such as the Middle East
show ivory implants, and the jawbone of a Roman soldier shows iron.
Brånemark, a Swedish surgeon, discovered that bone tissue could fuse to metal
titanium, a find that eventually led to commercial implants hitting the market
implants as we know them are relatively new, only a few decades old. However,
they have proven immensely helpful and successful.
Call Us Today
in learning more about dental implants
NY? Dr.James Lesinski
performs the implants as well as many other services. Give our
office a call today at 844-629-1756.
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